I've heard bits and pieces of this one over the past 23 years.... So Many Roads was always a favorite, and this version is so poignant. Rest of the show [other than Samba in the Rain and Corrina] is great for 1995.... And watching video, Jerry seems more engaged and alert than a lot of the earlier shows on the tour [Giants Stadium shows were heartbreaking.... ]. That said, still hunched over when playing leads that are nothing like what he used to be able to play in his sleep..... At the end of the day, as I listen to this one, Jerry is present..... filling space while Bobby sings.... vocals strong.... band tight, but the 6th cylinder is only going at about 50% power..... Don't rate shows I wasn't at, because there was so much about a Dead show that you can't capture on tape.... But unlike some of the other shows I saw in 94 and 95, don't think I'd have left this one thinking it was the last one.... yes, Jerry needed time off.... but much like the video of the last Morning Dew, he seems happy..... But, it is what it is.... And I'm grateful for the experiences and the memories....
July 6, 2018 Subject:
Five-stars for the storied history of The Grateful Dead. No other band quite like 'em. As Ken Nordine put it, in spring 93 at Rosemont: "the greatest band anywhere in the universe!" Must-listen- on those grounds, alone. Also, this SBD recording is excellent. It's of course worth dropping in for the So Many Roads and the Box of Rain. Both versions are frequently cited as "favorites." Don't forget the Black Muddy River. Poignant, as noted by others:
When it seems like the night will last forever
And there's nothing left to do but count the years
When the strings of my heart start to sever
And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears
I will walk alone by the black muddy river
And dream me a dream of my own
I will walk alone by the black muddy river
And sing me a song of my own
And sing me a song of my own
July 26, 2017 Subject:
Listen to Phil's Passion on Box
Hard not to think, in retrospect, he was singing for Jerry. Overall not a great show, like so many of this era, but that last song was moving.
July 10, 2016 Subject:
So Many Roads
Thanks for the memories ... 21 years ago today Jerry's final show
June 11, 2016 Subject:
Can someone please tell me why the Dead did a double encore this night? With fireworks too. I believe the band knew this was their last show. 30 years had come to an end with bad things happen on this tour I felt that this was going to be the last tour especially when I heard of the double encore. Also Phil busted out the Unbroken chain spring 95 which I was told would never happen.
Also thanks to this site for bringing back good times and good memories !! I miss you Jerry. If not for you my life wouldn't be the same.
your new format does not list new additions to the Archive.
This is one of your most important features, please fix this
March 3, 2015 Subject:
Need a ticket for the 50th Annversary
I have never asked for a miracle ticket and have always bought my own. I would like to go to one of the 5oth Anniversary shows and hoping someone who is on archives can help a brother out.
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Understand that with the reviews of this show bordering on "awful", "un-listenable", and "the worst show ever", my review is on the one, shining, sparkling meteor of the show.
Bobby's acoustic guitar and Jerry's trademark noodling behind it, make this Masterpiece a top-ten of all time for the band.
Argue if you want, flat out deny it, but put on your headphones, and listen, no-really listen to this version of a Bob Dylan classic.
Bob remembers all the words, his phrasing is perfect between the chords, and a struggling Jerry steps out from the cellar with perfect fills, excellent chord-change harmonies, and for all intents and purposes, nails this song.
Yeah, the rest of the show is sub-par, and yes, you can really hear the band driving the train through the underbrush, just praying it stays on the rails.
If you are only going to listen to one song in this show, make it this one, and you will not be disappointed.
Show's not one I can listen to - not because it makes me sad, but because it's just crappy musicianship, let's face it. HOWEVER, So Many Roads is indeed special - the thing clocks in at around 12 minutes and has just enough restrained soul to make it a moving, final last stand for Jerry. 'Twas the last bend in the river. Really, it's the only portion of this show worth tuning into. See Jerry out properly, if you bother with this one at all.
June 16, 2013 Subject:
Deborah Koons Garcia BIGGESET LOSER IN DEAD HISTORY
February 2, 2013 Subject:
Drums and Space are terrific
The rest isn't. BMR and SMR are ok for the sentimentality of Garcia's croaking delivery though sentimentality is not why I listened to the Grateful Dead. Sad.
September 23, 2012 Subject:
So Many Roads...
I was at this show. I was a new head, just my second show, the first being Ohio '94. I never got to see Jerry and the boys in top form. Thank goodness for the Archive and Dick's Pick's!!! This is a terrible show by musical (and/or Dead) standards. All of the 5 star ratings are strictly emotional. This being said from a 16 year old (at the time of the show) who was in pure bliss at any Dead show!
For anyone to gives this show 5 stars would be placing the final show among such shows as 5/8/77, 8/27/72, 02/14/68, 7/8/78, 02/18/71, 06/10/73, 04/29/71, 09/21/72, 02/09/73, 06/10/73, 02/24/74, 10/20/74, etc. (in no particular order) you get the point. I'm not trying to open a pandora's box of 'best shows' or 'best eras' (sorry for not including any 80's or 90's shows, I admittedly and biasly just like the 60's & 70's Dead better).
Let's just face it people, this show sucked!!!
Props to all of you posters who recognize that. As a young head, by standards, trying to sift through 30 years of music to find the stuff dreams are made of, it's sad to see this show pop up as a 'show I need to hear.' Sorry, but my Dead experience would be much better with out this this tape in my collection.
But wait, there is one moment, like in many shows...
This So Many Roads is by far the best of all 55 they played.
I have not heard all of them, I admit, but have heard a lot of them. It is epic, transcendent, creepy, beautiful, and poetic in its utmost form. As cliche as it sounds, it's like Jerry is saying goodbye. He's singing about all his years and the roads he's been down to find peace in this life, that we all share, just the same.
Now Jerry is where billions have gone before him, and will all end up after him.
Thank you Jerry. For being human and being willing to fail and succeed if front of thousands of people on a regular basis. It makes us all know that life is not about perfection and bliss, just trying to get there as often as possible.
August 7, 2012 Subject:
Either you were on the bus
There aren't many new things to be said about this show - there are currently around 400 ratings/comments on the archive for it, many from those for whom the concept of a star-rating, comparison-system for the archive's vast Dead collection is a stumper (maybe scaling in general?). If this is one of the best shows on the entire archive, I can't imagine your pick for an average, 2 or 3 star show (that boot of Mickey grocery shopping?). Or maybe some truly believe this show surpasses a Spring '77? That could be and is fine. Yeah, I know, some feel a cosmic imperative to stick it to the man (such as it is) and disrupt a collectively objective rating system, even though it's a valuable tool for show/song-grabs and collecting purposes (let alone the concept of audio archiving itself); to brusquely corrupt and devalue the rating tool so that we have no way of judging which of the 2000 shows are the creamiest da kine and which are relative time sinks. Ah well, peace on you folks just the same. Some of the "reviews" of this audio recording (i.e. the bulk on the 7233 source) are hilarious in their own way and yet valuable because they display the full range of characters and experiences in the scene (then & today). Input for a show of such historical import is going to be frenzied and varied; at some vectors it will naturally be challenging to divorce scenesters' subjectives from the goals and objectives of a Dead audio archive. Lest it be forgotten there were Tapers, Spinners, Vendors, Aesthetes, Ascetics, Lawyers, Doctors, Big Red, Rollins, Weekend Warriors, Brokedown Palaces, Frisbees, Wharf Rats, Cosmic Realizations, New RVs, Old VWs, Pie-Eyes, Tour Vets, Kids, Gramps, Teens, Beads, Hats, Dosers, Jews-for-Jerry, Respected Beach Balls, You-shoulda-been-there-in-73-mans, Where's-my-car?s, Narcs, Tie Dyes, Drum Circles, Tasted Colors, Surly Roadies, Campers, Hotelers, Sprayers, Perma-Grins, Flora Respected for its Place in the Universe, Confused Venue Part-timers, Hacky Sesh's, Banner-Makers, Blind Heads, New Lovers, Ex's, Bewildered Locals, Tuned-in Locals, Sleepers, Hand-Dancers, Artistic Sheets, Bemused Rent-a-Cops, Dragged-to-Show-by-Friend-InstaHeads, Balloons, Lemon Drops, Tracers, Great Venues, Crap Venues, Miracled Hitchers, Jolly Veggies, 1-percenters, Party Favors, Old Hippies, Skate Punks, all doing the shimmy.
Regardless, it's been well-noted that the Dead inadvertently went out on a very low note on this date, this tour (where you can hear the board tentatively turn Jer up or back down). This show in particular is commonly mentioned as one of the trainwreck shows along with Boreal, Highgate, and...well you know which ones. But there ARE several, I'm-crappin'-you-negative, gen-u-wine great moments from '95, even a couple from this show (I'm wondering what a matrix might add). It's just a bit harder to dig through the choss and find them in '95 than '85. But the blessing that is the archive provides that opportunity with modern ease as do the grateful uploaders who work their deadicated remastering magic. But, taking the performance on its own merits...
1st Set: D+ 2nd Set+: C- 1 & 1/2 Stars
*Right in the middle of a groaner 1st set is a fine Masterpiece. Who knows why Bobby, king lyric flubber, ever thought he should take on wordy Dylan songs but this one is nailed.
*The 2nd set plays like a creaky 1st set (heavy on monotone new songs and full stops) but So Many Roads is the version correctly selected for the So Many Roads box set (albeit in edited form, at the 5:00 mark, removing a solo) and is the type locality because it keeps getting better and the emotion of the situation will brick you.
*Drums were consistently the most adventurous in the decline era.
The Miller source is immaculate. The 2nd best board source is the Gardner - though the high end is over-saturated it's a bit better than the 7233 source.
July 12, 2012 Subject:
Not finished listening yet,
and thought the first set was patchy, but the first half of the second is really great. The band is clicking well, and Garcia's chops are sharp.
Rest of show: a lot of imperfections in the Chain and Sugar Mag, but all in all one of the greatest sets you'll hear from '95. Miller's rendition is awesome as usual.
July 9, 2012 Subject:
The Grateful Dead
Now and forever in my soul.
July 9, 2011 Subject:
Quite the setlist for what would be Jerry's last show. i take it as a huge sign that "touch of grey" is the first song and "box of rain" is the very last one. "Lazy River Road", "When I Paint My Masterpiece", "Shakedown Street", and "So Many Roads" are just a few standouts from this show. Thank you so much Charlie Miller for all of your amazing recordings. Thank you Jerry, Bob, Phil, Billy, Pigpen, Mickey, Keith, Brent, Tom, Donna, Vince, and Bruce, without you all I don't know who I would be today.
download this and as many shows (especially Charlie Miller shows) as you can while they are still free!!
July 9, 2011 Subject:
How could a CM source on the last rodeo not have a review?
What a great piece by hb_scone in the big review thread.
The encores sometimes bring me to tears. I still have my tics for the '95 September Boston Garden shows. Eventually, when we are all hopefully in heaven, I'll be able to use those tics.
It's just heartbreaking to hear Jerry dying on stage. The clarity makes it better & worse, but I'm glad we have it.
I do miss him so very much.